Posted by: mikenicholsblog | March 23, 2014

deep dependence and confident trust

Last week’s calendar informed all of us that spring had arrived.  However, I just don’t feel in the “spring mood” yet.  After a winter of frigid days and snow (and more snow), I am ready for some real “spring- like days”.  This morning our temperature was in the mid-twenties, and small particles of snow were drifting through the air. Depressing!  Our church service opened this morning with a pastor sharing that spring had arrived, but it was still snowing.  I can’t control the weather, and there are innumerable other areas of my life that are outside the parameters of my control. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I (and you) battle with wanting control, and try to make all of life fit the way I (you) perceive it should.  Why is it that we readily accept God’s sovereignty over life and weather, but we still want it sunny on a rainy day and seek to fix (and control) others and circumstances?  I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I trust words that encouraged my journey over the last week, will help you also.

About a year ago, a friend shared words with me from a wonderful book called Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.  At Journey onWord we are focusing this year on the words of Jesus, and this book gives great insight to how the author views Jesus relating to us. I gave it to my wife, Genel as a gift, and the more she talks about it, the more I keep reading it myself.

“Exert your will to trust Me in all circumstances. Don’t let your need to understand distract you from My Presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously as you live in deep dependence on Me”.  (March 18)

“However, fear can block the flow of My Strength into you. Instead of trying to fight your fears, concentrate on trusting Me. When you relate to Me in confident trust, there is no limit to how much I can strengthen you.”  (March 21)

Every one of us battles some fear; we also struggle to understand things that are out of our control. And in the process of trying to fix (and control) others and our circumstances, fear and understanding become even bigger issues.  We tend to fear what we can’t control.  And not understanding why situations happen, or why God allows certain trials, can cause intense emotions.  I personally find that my natural (and wrong) tendency is to fight my fears and figure out what I can’t understand.  In the course of this week, I was deeply challenged with Sarah Young’s words; “fear can block the flow of My Strength into you.” Could it be that we actually block what we want so deeply? For me, the answer was “yes!”

Note the answer to our struggle: “I will equip you to get through this day victoriously as you live in deep dependence on Me. When you relate to Me in confident trust, there is no limit to how much I can strengthen you.”  Deep dependence and confident trust are very spiritual objectives.  When they go from objectives to spiritual realities, something amazing is going to happen.  As you look at these words, don’t think perfection, but direction.  Seek Him today with deep dependence and confident trust … and then tomorrow, and the next day.

I don’t understand why my friend’s wife got really sick this week, my wife’s aunt has devastating cancer, or why over 200 souls are unaccounted for from a Malaysian airliner. But you and I can live today with a trust in His Strength and Power.  And when we do, peace will come!  … and hopefully, spring will too!

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